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Are We Seriously Getting a 'Casablanca' Sequel?!

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Here's looking at you, Cass Warner! Making stomachs churn everywhere, the granddaughter of Warner Brothers co-founder Harry Warner is looking to make a sequel to "Casablanca" a whopping 70 years after its original release.

The classing movie staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is the winner of three Oscars, not to mention the award for best screenplay EVER by the Writers Guild of America.

In the past there have been several attempts at remaking the classic, including "Brazzaville," two failed TV series and "Passage to Marseilles." According to the New York Post, the script being considered now is by "Casablanca" contributor, Howard Koch and was written more than 30 years ago.

The script, titled "Return to Casablanca," takes place 20 years after the original.

"After leaving Casablanca for America, Ilsa learned she was pregnant," Koch wrote in a synopsis. "She gave birth to a boy who grew up in America. The real father of the boy, it turns out, was not Laszlo but Rick. He was conceived the night Ilsa came to Rick's place to plead for the Letters of Transit...The secret was not kept from Laszlo, but being the kind of man he was and owing so much to Rick, he adopted the child and treated him as his own son. The boy was named Richard, and he grew up to be a handsome, tough-tender young man reminiscent of his father. He had been told the truth about his origin and has a deep desire to find his real father, or at least more about him, since Rick's heroic at actions in Casablanca have become legendary."

Warner Bros. initially passed on the pitch, Cass told the paper, "but they indicated that they were willing to revisit this if I could find a filmmaker they were interested in working with."

Casablanca historian, Aljean Harmetz highlights one of the problems the sequels have come across: "The big problems with all of the previous sequel attempts the impossibility of finding actors who can play characters so closely identified with Humphrey Boagart and Ingrid Bergman."

Although it would be difficult to cast an actor who can fill such big shoes, Harmetz did have faith in one young Hollywood star: Joseph Gordon Levitt.

After 70 years, will we finally know what became of Rick and Ilsa? Only time will tell.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: New York Post | Tags: , Casablanca

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